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North Texas earns 20th win, wallops Marshall, 78-51

DENTON, Texas (AP) Roosevelt Smart and Umoja Gibson combined to score 39 points as North Texas ran away from Marshall in the second half to post its 20th win of the season, a 78-51 victory on Thursday night.

The victory keeps the Mean Green a half-game back of Conference USA leader Old Dominion, which knocked off UAB, 70-59 on Thursday, with three games remaining in the regular season.

North Texas built a 10-point lead in the first half, then outscored the Thundering Herd by 17 points over the final 20 minutes. The Mean Green hit 12 of 28 from 3-point range, led by Gibson, who knocked down 5 of 10.

Smart scored 20 points and grabbed 10 boards to pace North Texas (20-4, 8-3). Gibson added 19 points and Zachary Simmons had 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Michael Miller grabbed a team-high 13 boards.

Taevion Kinsey had 18 points to pace Marshall (13-11, 6-5).

Updated February 7, 2019

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